Serbia keeper quits after spat with coach
BELGRADE, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Serbia goalkeeper Dragoslav Jevric announced his international retirement after a spat with coach Javier Clemente and Football Association (FSS) chief Zvezdan Terzic.
The 32-year-old goalkeeper, who made 43 international appearances, said he was 'shocked and disappointed' with being left out of Serbia's starting line-up in their friendly against the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
'The FSS and the coach are ridiculous and they handled this like real amateurs. They could have at least told me before the match and I will not play for the national team again after this,' Jevric told Belgrade daily Blic.
'I couldn't believe they confined me to the bench and it was done in a humiliating and disgraceful manner. I can walk away with my head up high.'
Serbia won the match 3-1 in their first international appearance as an independent nation since the split with Montenegro and the FSS reacted swiftly by saying that 'no individual comes above the team interest.'
'We want a healthy group of 25 players who will be fully committed to the national team at all times. Those not prepared to sit on the bench don't belong here and shouldn't bother to turn up,' it said in a statement on Friday.
'The Football Association of Serbia will not allow any individual to pursue personal interests at the expense of the team's benefit.'
Jevric headed a defence that conceded 10 goals in three World Cup games where Serbia and Montenegro played as a unified team.
The soccer bodies finalised their split in July after the World Cup and Jevric, the only Montenegrin-born player in the squad, opted to play for Serbia.
Asked if he would change his mind and play for Montenegro in the future, he said: 'No, Serbia was my choice and rest assured that my international career ended on Wednesday.'
Serbia kick off their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign at home to Azerbaijan on Sept. 2 while Montenegro is yet to gain international soccer recognition.